New Mexico Farmers Say Water Allotment is Not Enough

Staff Report
The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Carlsbad Irrigation District farmers are complaining they're not getting enough irrigation water.

The district's board of directors set an allotment of 1.6 acre-feet per acre to start the irrigation season.

District manager Dudley Jones says that could increase later in the season if storage reservoirs in northeastern New Mexico receive enough water from snow melt.

Otis farmer James Walterscheid says the allotment isn't enough.

He says it's getting harder each year for farmers to determine what and how much they are going to grow.

Jones says, however, the board has to be conservative at the start of the season because it cannot rely on projected runoff.